24 Solar Terms -
18 december 2023

24 Solar Terms -" Lesser Cold"

"xiaohan is the 23rd solar term among the twenty-four solar terms, marking the official beginning of the winter season and the fifth solar term of winter. Xiaohan signifies the start of the coldest days of the year. Although Xiaohan is considered the best time for nourishment, it's not about consuming a large quantity of tonics; targeted nourishment is essential. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, nourishment is classified into four categories: tonifying Qi, nourishing blood, nourishing Yin, and nourishing Yang.

Supplementing Qi is mainly for those with Qi deficiency constitutions, such as those who sweat excessively after exercise, experience mental fatigue, or women with uterine prolapse. Suitable herbs include red ginseng, red dates, white Atractylodes, Astragalus, Chinese yam, and Schisandra.

Supplementing blood targets individuals with blood deficiency constitutions, exhibiting symptoms like dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, pale complexion, and scanty or light-colored menstruation. Recommended herbs include Angelica sinensis, prepared Rehmannia, white peony, gelatin, and polygonum multiflorum.

Nourishing Yin is aimed at those with Yin deficiency constitutions, presenting signs such as night sweats, low-grade afternoon fever, red cheeks, hot hands and feet, and increased vaginal discharge in women. Suitable herbs include Cordyceps, white ginseng, Adenophora root, Ophiopogon, turtle shell, tortoise shell, and Tremella.

Nourishing Yang is for individuals with Yang deficiency constitutions, showing symptoms like cold extremities, aversion to cold, lumbar soreness, and decreased sexual function. Recommended herbs include deer antler, Eucommia bark, Eucommia ulmoides, Morinda officinalis, etc. For those with Yin deficiency and Yang excess, herbs like Cordyceps, dendrobium, Adenophora root, bamboo sap, and Job's tears are more suitable.

What Tea to Drink during Xiaohan:

  1. Wu Mei Mai Dong Tea:

    Relieves symptoms of excessive gastrointestinal heat, such as bitter and dry mouth and difficult bowel movements, improving constipation caused by excessive gastric fire.
  2. Osmanthus Tea:

    According to traditional Chinese medicine, osmanthus has medicinal value. Osmanthus is considered the 'king of a hundred medicines,' and tea made with osmanthus is believed to have the effect of 'drinking it will lead to a thousand years of life.' Osmanthus has a warming effect, and drinking it can dispel cold, warm the stomach, relieve pain, and transform phlegm, making it effective for conditions such as poor appetite, phlegm cough, hemorrhoids, dysentery, and abdominal pain during menstruation.
  3. Rose Puer Tea:

    With low temperatures and heavy cold, people's Yang qi gradually weakens, leading to reduced resistance. Especially for women or those with a weak spleen and stomach, the entire winter may feel cold in the hands and feet. It is recommended to drink fermented tea to keep warm and enhance the body's disease resistance.
  4. Ginseng Jujube Tea:

     It can supplement Qi and nourish blood, tonify Qi, nourish Yin, clear heat, and generate fluids. Suitable for conditions of Qi deficiency, Yin deficiency, and internal heat.
  5. Ginger Astragalus Red Date Tea:

           It has the dual effects of nourishing Qi and blood, invigorating the spleen and warming the stomach, relieving pain, and promoting blood circulation to remove stasis."

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